On February 4, 2016, founding partner Dan Rosner spoke to the New Jersey Legislature Assembly Committee on Consumer Affairs on behalf of the New Jersey Association for Justice regarding several important pieces of legislation that may significantly affect consumer rights.
Dan Rosner expressed disapproval of proposed bill A-756, which would permit lending companies to deactivate motor vehicles when they claim that someone is behind on payments. The proposed “payment assurance devices” put people at the mercy of the whims of unscrupulous lending companies. In many cases, the devices in conjunction with GPS systems would infringe on individual consumers’ privacy as well.
Two other bills, A-2150, which would require that arbitration of private or commercial disputes, be conducted in a transparent manner, and A-1515, which would require any contractual provision requiring submission of disputes to arbitration to have the dispute arbitrated in New Jersey, received favorable comments. Dan Rosner advocated for the adoption of these bills as protecting the rights of consumers in New Jersey from arbitration agreements forced on them by employers and big business.
It is too early to predict the outcome of any of the within referenced proposed pieces of legislation. But it is the tireless work of individuals such as Dan Rosner and consumer rights organizations such as the New Jersey Association for Justice, that ensures the legislature considers the interests of the citizens of New Jersey when drafting new laws.